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November 5, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - When Ulysses Bermudez hikes upstairs to check on his elderly neighbors in his public housing project, he is met by a fetid stench from people unable or afraid to go down the 14 dark flights to use portable toilets set up in the street. "People can't live like this," he said. But on Monday, a week after super storm Sandy slammed into New York, many still do. Hundreds of residents in the Red Hook West project, Brooklyn's largest, are without heat, electricity, elevators or water.
November 5, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Federal and New York officials moved on Monday to deal with the housing crisis created by super storm Sandy, which plowed through the region one week ago. With another brewing storm likely to hit the New York area this week, officials said they were moving to drain floodwaters and quickly restore electricity, heat and water to New York's housing stock, while federal officials said they supplying assistance, both short- and long-term. “There is no question that the lack of service has jeopardized people,” New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told reporters at a televised briefing Monday.
October 23, 2012 | Sam Farmer
All around the NFL, this figures to be a landmark week for the men who carry clipboards and draw up Xs and O's. Joe Vitt has returned to the New Orleans Saints as interim coach, his six-game suspension behind him. Carolina's Ron Rivera is facing Chicago, his former team as a player and eventual defensive coordinator. Todd Bowles makes his debut as defensive coordinator in Philadelphia. A couple of high-profile offensive coordinators will scheme against their old teams — New England's Josh McDaniels against St. Louis and the New York Jets' Tony Sparano against Miami.
October 3, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
So, it seems the Internet is all atwitter over the fact that U.S. track star Lolo Jones responded to a tweet from paralyzed former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand with a tweet of her own that some took as insensitive. LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a game in 2010, tweeted "Want to race me" to Jones, who finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the London Olympics. Jones tweeted back: "Get checked for a concussion. clearly u've been hit in the head ... cos u arent beating a track athlete.
August 25, 2012
Shio koji step by step Koji (such as Cold Mountain brand) can be purchased at select Japanese markets such as Nijiya, Marukai and Mitsuwa. Place 1 1/2 cups (200 grams) koji in a medium nonreactive bowl or container and add 4 2/3 tablespoons (70 grams) sea salt. Mix thoroughly and vigorously, using your hands. Heat 1 1/4 cup water to 140 degrees and add just enough of the water to moisten the mixture. Knead until fragrant, about 1 minute. Then mix in the remaining hot water.
July 25, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
As Mitt Romney landed Wednesday morning in London to launch a three-country overseas trip, an anonymous quote in a British newspapers caused a kerfuffle on both sides of the pond. A British newspaper quoted an unnamed Romney advisor as saying that President Obama's White House did not sufficiently appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon” heritage of the United States and the United Kingdom. The Romney campaign flatly denied that the governor or the campaign shared the sentiment.
June 20, 2012 | By Shan Li
British luxury department store Harvey Nichols is courting controversy with an ad campaign depicting models peeing in excitement over its summer sale. One ad features a blond woman sporting orange pants with a wet spot in the crotch, while another shows a male model with a similarly suspicious patch on his gray suit. The tag line: "The Harvey Nichols sale: Try to contain your excitement. " The ads predictably set off a ruckus online, with comments on Twitter ranging from "Ugh" to "Totally Gross!"
May 28, 2012 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
Southern California Gas Co. is trying out an unusual new technology that uses the sun's rays to provide air conditioning as well as power. The solar photovoltaic system installed on the roof of the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey combines mirrors and a computerized tracking system to capture sunlight and focus that energy onto an array of collectors. The system, made by Cogenra Solar of Mountain View, Calif., produces electricity for the building. It also churns out hot water to run an air chiller instead of using electricity or natural gas for the air-conditioning system.
April 5, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The coroner's investigation into the death of Whitney Houston came to a close Wednesday with a final autopsy report that described the singer submerged face-down in hot water in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel suite with a unidentified white powdery residue left in a spoon on the bathroom counter. The report released Wednesday confirmed that the 48-year-old singer drowned in a bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. It concluded that Houston's death was accidental.
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